50 Ways to Improve Your Family Life

Mighty Mommy has 50 tips for adding some creativity and spark to your family life. Try some of these and watch how little things can add up to big changes.

Cheryl Butler
4-minute read
Episode #319

Do you find that between work, school, your kids' activities, and trying to get dinner on the table every night, you're like a hamster in a wheel, chasing that elusive carrot? Me too!

That's why I've created these 50 tips to help myself and parents everywhere inject some much needed fun and creativity into their family lives:

  1. Get outside, especially in the winter, and enjoy some fresh air with your family.  Even if it’s a brisk walk around your neighborhood—spending time outdoors can revive your senses and boost your energy.

  2. Try one new recipe this week.  It’s amazing what introducing some new flavors can do to shake up your dinner rut.

  3. Play a board game you’ve never played before.  You can ask your friends and family for their favorite suggestions and then even borrow the game before investing in it.

  4. Get away from chocolate and vanilla and try a new flavor of ice cream for dessert this week.

  5. Have everyone get into their PJs right after school, have breakfast for dinner, and then chill out with a movie.

  6. Send funny cards to your kids via old fashioned snail mail. 

  7. Send a romantic card to your spouse at work.

  8. Keep a gratitude journal for one month—longer if you love how it makes you feel.

  9. Catch your family members doing something good and let them know you’ve noticed.

  10. Plan a mystery ride for one day next weekend and don’t give any clues until you set out for your adventure.

  11. Tonight, before your kids go to bed, leave a little treat, like a Hershey’s Kiss, on their pillows.

  12. When trying to solve a problem (like figuring out where to go on your next family vacation), ask for input from your kids.

  13. Be mindful of your voice volume—turn it down to a friendly level as often as possible.

  14. Don’t criticize family members in front of others.

  15. On the other hand, praise them noticeably in front of others.

  16. Send your child’s teacher a note of appreciation in the middle of the school year, not just during Teacher Appreciation Week in May.

  17. Drive your kids to school one day instead of sending them on the bus.  Use the ride to talk and catch up.

  18. Surprise your kids by picking them up from school and then stopping by for a hot chocolate or an ice cream cone on the way home.

  19. Take a random photo shoot of your kids and send them off to their grandparents letting them know you’re thinking about them.

  20. Do something special for yourself and take a hot bubble bath tonight.  Let your family know you’ll be back in action in an hour.

  21. Organize one of your junk drawers together as a family after dinner.  Many items may now get claimed when the family realizes they’ve been missing.

  22. Have everyone go through their closets drawers and remove 5 things they don’t wear or need any longer and donate those items to charity.

  23. Transfer all of your photos from your cell phones to your family’s computer and select a few to print and frame.

  24. Download some family-friendly podcasts or audio books and listen to them in the car this week.

  25. Hang some of your kids' favorite artwork masterpieces in your home.

  26. Start some flower or veggie seedlings right in your kitchen—get the kids involved so they can witness the progress.

  27. Encourage your family to drink more water.

  28. Give your kids a mini massage and help them relieve the tension of their school day.

  29. Block off time on your calendar to go bowling with your kids.


All content here is for informational purposes only. This content does not replace the professional judgment of your own mental health provider. Please consult a licensed mental health professional for all individual questions and issues.

About the Author

Cheryl Butler Project Parenthood

Cheryl L. Butler was the host of the Mighty Mommy podcast for nine years from 2012 to 2021. She is the mother of eight children. Her experiences with infertility, adoption, seven pregnancies, and raising children with developmental delays have helped her become a resource on the joys and challenges of parenting. You can reach her by email.